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“A History Lesson”

Destrehan Plantation
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Owner description: Built in 1787, this is the oldest plantation house in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Reviewed November 6, 2012

My family rented a car and drove to the Destrehan and Oak Alley Plantations on a Sunday during our four-day stay in New Orleans. We arrived a little after noon so it was not busy. Our tour guide was a docent dressed in a Union artillery officer’s uniform. We were in a small group of about a dozen people so everyone could see and hear him throughout the tour. The docent was very knowledgeable about the mansion, its history, including times before and after the civil war, and the life on the plantation. He obviously took his duties very seriously. He was able to answer questions and point out unique items about the house and its various owners. He even stayed behind after the tour to answer individual questions from the group. The mansion and grounds are not as spectacular as Oak Alley but the guided tour was much more informative. The mansion has several out buildings depicting life on the plantation including the role slaves played in the daily life on the plantation. The Mississippi River is literally across the road on the other side of the levee. If you are interested in the history of plantations, this is the one to visit. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour specifically because of the information from the tour guide.

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

We planned a full self drive day out to see the plantations and pick the eyes out of properties Destrehan (because it is the oldest) Houmas (the most opulent) and Oak Alley (for the avenue of Oaks). Each had their own character and whilst Destrehan was not the fanciest of plantations the tour was informative and helped us understand the early history of these magnificent homes. It was a full day but worth it.

Thank RicknSimon
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Our tour of Destrehan Plantation was very nice. We joined a group from a tour bus and the group was too large but the guides made it work. There were several quides for different areas and each dressed in period clothing and were very informative. Many details about the families that once lived there were told. There were several demonstrations given. We especially enjoyed the "cooking over an open flame" demonstration which was making pralines. The demonstration ended with a sample of the pralines. "Yummy." I highly recommend this tour.

Thank Edna K
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Located just minutes from the New Orleans International airport along the River Road in Destrehan this is a must see for tourist and locals alike. Beautiful and steeped in history. Great for tours or just for taking some beautiful pictures of the grounds and outbuildings.

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Reviewed June 15, 2012

As with all the plantations I have visited, the stories, historical/legendary arealways the best!

Thank Glinda M
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